The TapscottProject Surname Project
Most U.S. Tapscotts originated from two individuals, who may have been related and who are believed to have come from the Exmoor region of England. Henry arrived in Virginia in 1700; A second person, possibly William or James, arrived in New Jersey about 1700. The Virginia Tapscotts had slaves, some of whose descendants took the name "Tapscott," some of whom are believed to be descendants of white Tapscotts. Despite extensive research the origins of a few Tapscotts has never been determined. We want to answer the following questions. 1. Are the New Jersey and Virginia Tapscotts related? 2. Are one or both groups related to present-day Exmoor-area Tapscotts? 3. Can the ancestry of some mixed-race Tapscotts be identified? 4. Can the U.S. Tapscotts of untraceable origin be shown to descend from Henry or William? 5. What is relationship of U.S. Tapscotts with those in Australia and Canada? 6. Can we confirm the researched genealogy for Virginia Tapscotts (there are believed to be three major branches from Henry)?
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